25 Iowa students earn trip to National History Day national contest

For immediate release April 29, 2008

 

Contact: Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515) 281-3858

(DES MOINES) –Twenty-five Iowa students who competed in the National History Day in Iowa contest Monday have earned a trip to the NHD National Contest June 15-19, 2008, at the University of Maryland.

The 25 students joined 440 other Iowa students in grades 6-8 in the National History Day in Iowa Junior Division contest Monday at the State Historical Building in Des Moines. About 300 Iowa students in grades 9-12 will compete in the NHD in Iowa Senior Division contest Monday, May 5, 2008, also at the State Historical Building.

National History Day is an academic-enrichment program that helps students learn about historical issues, ideas, people and events. The year-long academic adventure fosters students’ enthusiasm for learning and encourages them to use primary, secondary, community and statewide resources on a subject of their choice related to an annual theme. The theme for 2008 is “Conflict & Compromise in History.”

“Nearly every year, we have more than 3,500 students competing in district competitions, with about 700 of them moving on to Des Moines for the state junior and senior division contests,” said Cyndi Pederson, director of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. “From that pool, 50 to 60 will be selected to attend the national event in June at the University of Maryland.”

Working individually or collaboratively in groups of two to five, students compete in a variety of categories, including papers, Web sites, and individual and group exhibits, documentaries, and performances. Students in grades 6-8 compete in the junior division while students in grades 9-12 compete in the senior division. Students in grades 4-5 may participate in the noncompetitive Iowa Youth Division.

Last year at the NHD National Contest, 18 Iowa students earned national rankings and four others were recognized with special awards and a scholarship. Caitlin Hillyard and Amelia Browning of Central Academy in Des Moines took first place for their senior group performance.

In 2006, Stephen Frese of Marshalltown received the Grand Prize at the National History Day awards ceremony – a four-year, full tuition scholarship to Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, valued at more than $100,000.

NHD events in Iowa will include a gala 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 16, 2008, at the State Historical Building. Teachers, administrators and friends of history are invited to preview the Iowa projects that will advance to the national contest. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served in the atrium. Reservations are $18 per person and can be made by contacting Millie Frese at 515-281-6860 or millie.frese@iowa.gov.

NHD in Iowa program has been coordinated by the State Historical Society of Iowa since 1994 and is sponsored by the State Historical Society of Iowa, State Historical Society, Inc., American Legion of Iowa Foundations, Oberman-Beck Foundation and the Polk County Historical Society. More information about NHD in Iowa is available at www.iowahistory.org or by contacting Millie Frese at 515-281-6860 or millie.frese@iowa.gov.

Following are the NHD in Iowa Junior Division winners announced today:

(Category)
(Student(s))
(Title of Project)
(Teacher)
(School)
(City, State)

 

Historical Paper
Rebekah Frese
Conflict in the Cornbelt: Milo Reno and the Farmers’ Holiday Association
Lacinda Gillen
Miller Middle School
Marshalltown, Iowa

Yashila PermeswaranThe Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps: A Compromise to Overcome the Conflict of Women Serving in the Army
Jeanne Rust
LeMars Middle School
LeMars, Iowa

Individual Performance
Katherine Schulz
Battling for Personhood: Compromising Culture
Korey Cantrell
Storm Lake Middle School
Storm Lake, Iowa

Maggi Liebetrau
China’s One Child Policy: A Conflict That Impacted A Nation
Valorie Philips, Colleen Westergard
Akron-Westfield Community Schools
Akron, Iowa

Group Performance
Brianne Hassman, Lori Roseland
The Language Proclamation: An Attempt to Unify Iowans Under a Common Language
Karen Hassman
Home School
Marshalltown, Iowa

Kaitlin Armstrong, Haley Coyle, Emily Miller, Jayde Ostermyer
Before Their Time Child Labor Exposed
Valorie Philips, Colleen Westergard
Akron-Westfield Community Schools
Akron, Iowa

Web Site
Alex Murphy|
The Cuban Missile Crisis: A Compromise Which Avoided Nuclear Conflict
Jeanne Rust
LeMars Middle School
LeMars, Iowa

Spencer Frankl, Chet Willer
Algona POWs
Valorie Philips, Colleen Westergard
Akron-Westfield Community Schools
Akron, Iowa

Individual Documentary
Teresa Klimek
Battle for Educational Equality-Conflict in Little Rock
Deb Masker
Kirn Junior High School
Council Bluffs, Iowa

Jared Mills
Germany: A Divided Nation
Sally Mills
Home School
Marshalltown, Iowa

Group Documentary
Helen Lagerblade, Taylor Mithelman
Hope for a Compromise Results in a Conflict: The Murder of Emmett Till
Kathy Paul
Johnston Middle School

Johnston, Iowa
Katlyn Mace, Jaclyn Smith
Clara Lemlich and the Uprising of the 20,000
Valorie Philips
Akron-Westfield Co.
Akron, Iowa

Individual Exhibit
Taylor Beitzel
Josef Mengele: Compromising the Law of Science
Chris Green
North Scott Junior High School
Eldridge, Iowa

Rachel Meredith
Darkness Over Denmark: The Conflict and Compromise of a Righteous Nation
Jeanne Rust
LeMars Middle School
LeMars, Iowa

Group Exhibit
Chelsea Dinsdale, Jamie Pokorny
The Wall That Heals
Scott Connolly, Sydney Fehr
North Tama Junior High School
Traer, Iowa

Grant McDonald, Chase Wallace
From the Creation to the Fall of the Berlin Wall
Kathy Paul
Johnston Middle School
Johnston, Iowa

Teacher of the Year
Julie Pegump
Oak Ridge Middle School
Marion, Iowa

Teacher Scholarship to the National Event Recipient
Linda K. Vander Bosch
Clarinda Middle School
Clarinda, Iowa

Kids Count! for Outstanding Libraries and Archives
African American Museum & Cultural Center of Iowa
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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